Mid-Year Budget Review Free SHS, NHIS, others will be heavily protected - Finance Minister assures

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta disclosed this during the presentation of the government’s mid-year budget review in parliament on Monday.

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Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta

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The government has assured that it will protect its socio-economic development programmes from collapse.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta disclosed this during the presentation of the government’s mid-year budget review in parliament on Monday.

According to him, programmes including the Free SHS, the National Health Insurance Scheme, Planting for Food and Jobs among others, will be given the needed financial support to ensure that they not collapse.

“Mr. Speaker, despite the measures being taken to ensure that we maintain fiscal discipline, the government remains strongly committed to growing the economy and delivering services to our people through strategic allocation and efficient use of resources.”

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“Our flagship programmes such as the Free SHS, NHIS, School Feeding, LEAP, Planting for Food and Jobs etc… will be protected,” he said.

The New Patriotic Party while in opposition campaigned on the back of several social intervention programs including the Free Senior High School, Planting for Food and Jobs among others.

And since assuming power, the NPP administration has begun processes to ensure that those programmes achieve their expected results.

READ ALSO: Ofori Atta presents mid-year budget review

The free SHS education which will begin in September this year is aimed at building an educated populace for speedy national development and progress.

By free SHS, there will be no admission fees, no library fees, no science centre fees, no computer laboratory fees, no examination fees, no utility fees. There will be free textbooks, free boarding and free meals and day students will get a meal at school for free.

The planting for food and jobs program will also provide farm inputs, fertilizer, and improved seeds among other resources to enhance agricultural production and provide jobs.

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